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Detailed Account Of How A Ghanaian Was Arrested In The US For A $5 Million Romance Fraud

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A Ghanaian man has been detained in the US for his alleged involvement in a $5 million romance scam conspiracy.

Kenneth Anim could be sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $500,000.

According to the US Department of Justice, the suspect and his accomplices set up fictitious companies through which money was laundered.

According to U.S. Attorney Jennifer Lowery, an FBI investigation revealed that he allegedly served as a money mule in the dubious scheme.

Kenneth, 38, who is a dual citizen of Ghana and the United States, is accused of committing the crime between 2014 and 2019.

According to the US DOJ, he essentially transferred illegally acquired money on behalf of, and at the command of, others.

On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, a news statement claimed that “they reportedly functioned as money mules in regard to various mail and wire fraud schemes, including internet fraud and romance scams.”

According to US prosecutors, Anim allegedly constructed fictitious online personas to seduce people into romantic relationships and persuade them to donate money to business and bank accounts he opened.

According to reports, FBI agents disclosed that the fraud involved the transfer of more than $5 million and had dozens of victims.

Furthermore, Mr. Anim is accused of having “created and maintained bank accounts to collect earnings from the scams and to distribute the money to himself, his co-conspirators, and overseas.”

His parents and kids reside in Houston, but according to officials, he spends months at a time there, as stated in the Houston Chronicle. Due to Anim’s prior trips to Africa and the allegations against him, as well as the fact that he is described as being “extremely adept at fooling people,” Bray [U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray] said he rejected Anim’s pretrial release.

“Money that was sent to accounts under his control is missing in large amounts, according to Bray. In addition to having touch with a foreign country, he is clearly capable of residing there for as long he desires”.

Officials claimed that the conspiracy included at least one more uncharged co-conspirator.

 


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